Quest for control: Managing software development in networked operating environments

Kari Koskinen, Sonja Hyrynsalmi, Matti Rossi, Kari Smolander

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Abstract

Instead of developing software purely within the confines of one company, software companies increasingly procure many of the functionalities of their software from external entities and actors via system integrations and utilizing resources provided by external application programming interfaces (APIs). In addition to the benefits that can be reaped via integrations and working in cooperation with other companies, this type of networked software development leads to a reduction of control for the individual companies. As a result, companies need to resort to specific strategies and practices that reduce the risks emerging from lack of control. By utilizing data collected from Finnish software companies, we map the factors that cause reduction of control, study why companies give away control, and identify the challenges surfacing from it. To tackle these issues, we identify two strategies that software companies can take to counter the reduction of control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 54th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2021
EditorsTung X. Bui
PublisherHawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Pages5965-5974
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9981331-4-0
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventAnnual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Virtual, Online, Maui, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20218 Jan 2021
Conference number: 54

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2020-January
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Abbreviated titleHICSS
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui
Period05/01/202108/01/2021

Keywords

  • Integration to Digital Platforms and Infrastructures
  • control
  • integrations
  • non-focal actors
  • project management
  • software development

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